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Marlin Williams

I've had a lot of experience as a free lance writer with many articles on health and fitness for many online publications. I also have experience as a published indie-author with one novel and three short stories.

Story: The Glass Dungeon

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
A reader will decide to read your story or buy your book after reading the first paragraph, so make it interesting. Also build mini-mysteries throughout the book to keep your reader hooked.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
I just jump right in. An outline for me is too rigid. I can make a lot of changes in the story as the characters evolve.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
Criticism is very important. I write for the audience and I like to hear what they have to say. I always invite the readers to write an email or leave a critique.
Q:
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
A:
No. I like it just the way it is. I only wish I could have written more.

Reviews

krysta karizma

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Love it Adrian! You'll win this for sure!

hely88

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I really ejoyed this story. Kept me guessing to the end. I look forward to reading a longer novel.

Ramon

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The writing here was pretty good here in terms of the technicalities of structure, grammar, etc., but the plot was pretty thin. There were too many unanswered questions to make it plausible. The biggest one is- If Reed knew what she had in her car, and he was after that object, and he was willing to fire a gun in public in front of witnesses to get it, why didn't he just take it from her when she was in the ditch? And since he was about to steal something from Stephanie, why would he tell her what he actually did for a living and where, which would lead her right his location, and the objects location?

Carl1224

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Another one by Marlin. Held captive from the first line. It was like I was there. Awesome descriptions, I could see it all. Great job Marlin.

Gnome

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I really enjoyed this story. I would like to see much more by this author. He has the ability to get your attention and keep it. I would like to know what happened to Stephanie but hopefully that will come in another story.

Pheonyx

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This is a wonderful story!! I could not stop reading it from the moment I picked it up until the end. I love the details...it was like watching a movie!!!

Misha

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I am an avid reaer mostly of fantasy novels. This short story grabbed my attention from the very beginning and didn't let go. The pace was quick but very well told. The ending was a bit of a surprise. Great Job Marlin.

Sunshine Girl

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The author did a great job grabbing my interest and hooking me all the way through. It is amazing how he was able to get so much captured in so few words. Great job on a winner :)

napigzi

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Marlin's writing style made me feel like I was there watching the events unfold. Truly captivating story from start to finish. Loved it!!!!

besogracefull

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I was hooked from the start! Just Love it! hope he comes out a winner!

Renata F. Barcelos

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This is a great short story. It's fast paced but still tells you everything you need to know. The descriptions are masterly done, and the ending is very unpredictable. It' remarkable how Marlin gets to make you connect and 'see' the characters in such a short reading. Excellent job!

Lord De Cross

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Fascinating read. This could make it into a romantic movie. Just need a litlle more action for a best seller. Congrats!

Author Michael P. Ness

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As a writer, i dont read much, and when i do, its usually fantasy oriented. Hardly pay thrillers much mind. But Marlin captures from sentence One. He leaves you wanting more, paragraph by paragraph, and that is EVERYTHING in our business! Go Marlin!

jessy31

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Kept me intrigued from the first word. The author has a fine eye for detail.

quietgem

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A wonderful and captivating read from beginning to end.

Karma

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Amazing..my curiosity was gainfully employed from the moment I read the first line of The Glass Dungeon. Stephanie Richardson was so intent on making the "deal" for her prized artifact. She drove reckless through the storm and ended up off road in the mud. Reed Conner became the hero who just happened along to rescue Stephanie from her accident. After getting back on track, Stephanie finally encountered Stella. Stella was willing to pay handsomely for the treasure but Reed stepped in and staked his claim to the artifact. The breathtaking moments of tension that became intensified by a power outage took an unexpected turn propelling all of the individuals towards the surprise ending.

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